Forty Years of Photographs
480 Pages, 10.50 x 11.50 x 1.80 in
Sales Date: June 15, 2020
An artist of singular originality and vision, award-winning landscape photographer Mark Klett has built a profound and dynamic career that captures the space and history of the American West while evoking notions of time, perception, and cultural memory. His practice is grounded in both artistic inquiry and the evolution of photographic technologies, reflecting a constellation of ideas that blend science with poetry. Over a career spanning more than four decades, Klett has advanced a new notion of landscape photography that reframes our sense of what pictures of the land mean.
Seeing Time is the first retrospective of Klett’s career. It presents selected photographs from thirteen different projects, some never before seen. The book showcases work from individual and collaborative projects alongside texts by distinguished curators who examine the ideas behind Klett’s practice, its historical context, and his collaborative processes. From his rephotographic surveys, which pair conceptual art with questions about how lands change through human intervention, to the series of portraits with his eldest daughter on their shared birthday, the images presented here combine to form a body of work at once expansive and richly personal.
My hands-down favorite photobook of 2020 is [Mark Klett's] Seeing Time...It is wonderful to watch his early, already great, work deepen and evolve over 42 years—powered by the three engines of working a lot (and well), thinking a lot (and well), and collaborating a lot (and well) with interesting people, living and dead.~LensCulture, "Favorite Photobooks of 2020"
Artist of a singular originality and vision, Klett has designed a deep and dynamic work that captures the space and history of the American West, while evoking notions of time, perception and cultural memory...the images presented here combine to form a body of work that is both vast and deeply personal.~Guillotine
Klett’s visual exploration of landscapes of the American West, which bear the traces of human presence, is a story of interaction between people and place. Rather than an indictment of the impact of humankind on nature, it reveals a multilayered relationship that evokes memories of time and region.~Pasatiempo
- Interview with Mark Klett, by Anne Wilkes Tucker
- A Sense of Where You Are: The Making of a New Kind of Landscape Photographer, by Keith F. Davis
- Mark Klett’s Guide to Collaboration, by Rebecca A. Senf
- The Rephotographic Survey Project, 1977–1979
- Pre-Arizona, 1979–1981
- Revealing Territory, 1982-2004
- Saguaros, 1987–2007
- Birthday Portraits, 1992–Ongoing
- Third View, 1997–2000
- Yosemite in Time, 2001–2003
- The Half-Life of History, 2001–2007
- Time Studies, 2003–2005
- Reconstructing the View, 2007–2010
- Drowned River, 2011–2016
- El Camino del Diablo, 2013–2015
- Sticks from the Sunrise Stick Game, 2019
The publication of Seeing Time was made possible by the support of the William and Bettye Nowlin Endowment in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere.